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signed Shunko ga, ca. 1788
hosoban 12 5/8 by 5 1/2 in., 32 by 14 cm
This print illustrates the popular actor Otani Hiroji III (1746-1082) in the role of Hataemon from the play Keisei Azuma Kagami (A Courtesan's Mirror of the East) written by Sakurada Jisuke (1704-1836) which was performed at the Nakamura Theater on the 2nd month in 1788.
Timothy T. Clark, et. al., The Actor's Image: Print Makers of the Katsukawa School, 1994, p. 485 (actor's bio) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession no. 11.25157
Japanese, 1743-1812, Japan, based in Japan